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Draw 200 Animals is a step-by-step way for learning to draw a huge variety of animals. The animals are divided into nine major categories: horses, cats, dogs, birds, reptile/amphibians, fish/marine life, insects/crawling critters, and mammals. Drawing each animal is taught in six to nine steps, which add detail as the art nears completion. Being given the basic form for each animal, author Lee J. Ames provides student artists a foundation for creating strong sketches.

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Degas - Painter of Ballerinas by Susan Goldman Rubin shares the story of Degas's life and work through photos of his paintings, descriptions and direct quotes from Degas himself.  Degas strayed from the expectations of his family. Instead of taking the path to become a lawyer to please his father, he embraced the challenges of a career as an artist. He was infatuated by the world of dance and spent the greater part of his life around dancers. His connection with the dancers centered around the respect that he had for artists in general.

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The Hunt for Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras is an action-packed adventure novel. Drest, a young girl in medieval Scotland, learns that a high price has been placed on her head. Will she choose to spend the rest of her life hiding? Or will she face her enemies and earn a new role for herself? Will she follow the rules? Or will she risk her own solutions? Will her choices prove to be successful? This story is jam-packed with risk and resolutions.

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I Spy the Illuminati Eye by Sheila Keenan explains some conspiracy theories and their history from the "all-seeing eye" through the enlightenment to modern times. She explains in simple and sometimes humorous tones the history that formed some of the mysteries of our culture. From secret societies to the dollar bill, this book shares fresh and direct information in a very creative way.  Her information in incredibly "illuminating"!

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Bonjour! Let's Learn French is packed full of information and French vocabulary presented in such a simple format that it makes what could be very complex feel workable. With photos and drawn pictures, vocabulary lists and short informational sections about French history, the combination of presentations keeps readers' attention. There is an audio link with the pronounciation, which is very helpful. It is colorful and alive!



 
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